THINKING STRATEGICALLY ABOUT STRATEGIC THINKINGArt Hutchinson
has had a very stimulating series of posts at Mapping Strategy
that cover many topics related to strategic thinking and futurism that I cannot let pass without a high recommendation and brief commetary:
1. "Perils of Prediction: The Elusiveness of Certainty and the Value of 'Simulated Hindsight'
Art lauds Nassim Nicholas Taleb's
book, "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable"
and discusses using "simulated hindsight" as a cognitive tool. This is not unlike counterfactual history exercises applied to futurism.
2. "sdrawkcaB gniknihT - Mind Game or Creative Lever?
Art is concentrating here on reverse order thinking exercises which powerfully disrupt our brain's natural preference for automaticity in "learned" activities, forcing a rexamination of assumptions in terms of process, sequence and causation. Art also explains why some folks are more equal than others with this technique.
3. "Thinker or Tinker - In Pursuit of Practical Strategy
Partly a blog dialogue between Art and Dave Snowden
on narrative and scenario strategies and Art's advocacy of modular, interactive scenarios. Art also keys into the creativity/innovation aspect of recognizing and managing possibilities at what in the Medici Effect
would be called " intersections".
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